Aristocratic nation
(937 words)

1. Concept

The term aristocratic nation, found in Polish sources from around the mid-16th century (naród szlachecki), denotes a structural characteristic that was prominent throughout the eastern reaches of Central Europe in the Late Middle Ages and the transition to the early modern period: the unusually high degree of aristocratic influence on the construction of the state. Between 1300 and 1500, as estates-based constitution…

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Bahlcke, Joachim, “Aristocratic nation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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